Snow, freez­ing rain pum­mel mid-At­lantic

The Fresno Bee - - News -

A win­ter storm that con­trib­uted to at least five deaths in the Mid­west pum­meled the mid-At­lantic re­gion for a sec­ond day Sun­day, bring­ing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, can­celled flights and con­trib­uted to hun­dreds of car ac­ci­dents.

Vir­ginia State Po­lice said the driver of a mil­i­tary sur­plus ve­hi­cle was killed late Satur­day af­ter he lost con­trol on In­ter­state 81 be­cause of slick road con­di­tions. Po­lice said Ron­ald W. Har­ris, 73, of Gainesville, Geor­gia, died af­ter his ve­hi­cle was struck by two trac­tor-trail­ers.

Vir­ginia State Po­lice said they re­sponded to more than 230 traf­fic crashes and helped more than 100 dis­abled ve­hi­cles in Vir­ginia from mid­night to noon Sun­day.

The storm knocked out power for nearly 200,000 peo­ple in Vir­ginia and North Carolina on Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to Pow­erOu­tage.us. In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper de­clared a state of emer­gency Sun­day, seek­ing to help util­ity crews re­store elec­tric­ity more quickly.

The win­try mix caused prob­lems at air­ports, in­clud­ing more than 250 flight can­cel­la­tions Sun­day at the three air­ports serv­ing the na­tion’s cap­i­tal.

By late Sun­day af­ter­noon, the Wash­ing­ton, D.C. metro area, north­ern Vir­ginia and parts of Mary­land had snow­fall ac­cu­mu­la­tions from five to eight inches. Cen­tral Vir­ginia had as lit­tle as one inch, but the snow was fol­lowed by hours of sleet and freez­ing rain.

Among those killed in the Mid­west was Christo­pher Lambert, 34, an Illi­nois state trooper struck by a car when he re­sponded to a three­ve­hi­cle crash Satur­day in sub­ur­ban Chicago.

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